1455 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
The Pomaria as seen from Pacific and Howe
|Number of Units||139|
|Number of Floors||30|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1455 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Freehold Strata|
Named for an African village in the ancient Roman Empire, Pomaria (which is Latin for Apple Garden) was built in 2007 on the North Side of the downtown Vancouver peninsula's False Creek. Famed and feted by residents and the building industry alike for its environmentally-friendly design, Pomaria has been awarded LEED Silver designation and features a bronze plaque out the front door which boasts the same.
Pomaria is situated in a relatively quiet enclave just South of Pacific Avenue which offers easy walking destinations along Beach Avenue and virtually instantaneous access to the Sea Wall.
For traffic commuters, Pomaria is just two blocks East of the Burrard Street Bridge, one block West of the Granville Street Bridge, and just a five minute walk to Davie Street and the downtown core. The Vancouver Aquatic Centre is two blocks' walk to the West.
Upcoming plans for the area include a new development by Westbank Properties across the street from Pomaria which will offer residences as well as retail shopping on the street level, rumoured to include an Urban Fare.
General contracting duties at Pomaria were performed by Intertech Construction Managers Ltd., a Vancouver-based contractor with a 25-year track record in Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle. Pomaria would best be described as an example of modern architecture, however its skygardens would be one example of a more post-modern feature.
Finishing work was sub-contracted out to other local companies:
- Interior Paint - General Paint
- Limed Oak Cabinetry - Benson Industries
- Floor Tile, Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops - Southland Tiles
- Hardwood Flooring - European Touch Hardwood Floors
- Wool Carpeting - Tuftmaster Carpets
- Window Roller Shades - Levolor
- Doors - McGregor & Thompson
- Faucets - Grohe
- HVAC (including heat pumps and bathroom ventilation in all units) - Summit Sheet Metal
- Appliances - All of the original appliances in the package were by GE, the only exceptions being the refrigerator (by Subzero) and the hood fan (Faber Crystall)
Heat Pump Upgrade
The initial geothermal system was found not have been running at its expected efficiency. In 2010, strata council sought to fix the problem by adding two additional heat pumps to the central geothermal system in the mechanical room which allowed the system to function while consuming less natural gas.
The Strata Council made a claim against the developer, Qualex-Landmark for the excess natural gas deemed to have been used in the interim, ultimately settling for an amount of $75,000 which was paid to the Strata Corporation.
In early 2012, the strata council at Pomaria contracted the engineering firm of Morrison Hershfield to conduct a 5-year review of the building envelope. That report came back generally very positive, noting largely superficial items (e.g. rust stains, spilled paint) to be rectified. More serious items included three instances of broken glass. The Strata Council acted quickly and hired New City Contracting to re-mediate the deficiencies.
Layout and Features
There are a total of 139 units at the Pomaria. One of those 139 units is a guest suite owned by the Strata Corporation. Another unit occupies the entirety of the 28th floor.
At the Pomaria's base are a collection of 30 townhouses, each with their own distinct address, separate from the main building.
Each unit comes with its own heat-pump which functions as both a heating and air-conditioning unit.
Pomaria features a full-time, 24 hour concierge. Pomaria also owns one of its 139 units as a guest suite for the use of residents' visitors.
A full exercise area, including a dedicated yoga area, is further complimented by a steam room. The exercise area opens up onto an internal common area courtyard featuring a reflecting pool.
Bicycle storage, storage lockers and 10 visitor parking spaces are all added amenities at Pomaria as well.
- The Pomaria is a certified LEED Silver building.
- Using entirely Geothermal heating and cooling, the system at Pomaria provides both heating and air conditioning as well as heating its' hot water for all of its suites using energy from the Earth.
- Pomaria features "sky-gardens" - common area outdoor balcony gardens between the 16th and 19th floor of the building which can be accessed by residents of those floors. These gardens prominently feature lush vegetation more than halfway up the building on the False Creek skyline making for a unique sight.
- With a walk score of 92, local amenities ranging from coffee shops and pubs to restaurants and shopping as well as Vancouver's Sea Wall are all close by to a pedestrian or a cyclist. Residents at the Pomaria do not need to drive to accomplish most common household errands.
- Pomaria participates in Metro Vancouver's recycling program.
- One of the principals of Qualex-Landmark, the original developer, maintains a residence in the building which occupies an entire floor.
- Pomaria was the first LEED certified residential highrise in downtown Vancouver.
- Pomaria features a copper statue of Desiderius Erasmus, a 15th century Dutch theologian. The statue was sculpted by Rodney James, a Vancouver-born musician and artist.
- A young woman committed suicide by jumping from the 17th floor of the building on the afternoon of July 21st, 2013.
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